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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Workington's Carnegie Theatre set to reopen after £500,000 facelift

The new look Carnegie theatre in Workington opens its door to the public next week.

Little Shop of Horrors photo
Audrey, played by Victoria Sharples, is eaten by Audrey 2, in the production of Little Shop of Horrors

Nearly £500,000 has been spent on the Finkle Street building to revamp the auditorium and Monroe’s bar and on Tuesday the first show will take to the stage.

Workington and District Amateur Musical Society’s production of Little Shop of Horrors is expected to be a crowd-pleaser during its five-night showcase.

Former Flimby man Clark Wilkinson took a break from the West End earlier this year to direct the show. Even though the performances had to be put back, due to asbestos being found in the theatre, it hasn’t affected ticket sales – instead it allowed organisers to put on an extra show.

Meanwhile, a trust is being set up to take over the running of the theatre.

Theatre owner Allerdale Council is in discussions with a group of users to eventually turn the theatre into a not-for-profit trust.

The initiative will see the running of the theatre and arts centre transferred to an independent board, freeing up the board to apply for new funding streams and stage more productions.

It would be responsible for the day-to-day management, events and shows.

Councillor Mark Fryer, Allerdale council executive member for economic growth, and a member of the newly-established board, said they hoped the trust would take over in spring next year.

They are keen to hear from anyone interested in joining. “The council will support the new board for the foreseeable future, until a sound long-term business plan is in place,” he added.

Anyone who wants to get involved in helping the Carnegie Theatre Trust (Workington) Ltd board, should email k.thompson@allerdale.gov.uk or call 01900 602122.

For tickets for Little Shop of Horrors, at 7.30pm each evening, contact the Carnegie box office on 01900 602122.

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